NPR’s Renee Montagne to Appear at Live Interview in Wenatchee

Northwest Public Radio and the Numerica Performing Arts Center will host NPR’s Renee Montagne in Wenatchee for an interview-style presentation on November 2, 2017, at 5:30pm. Before the presentation, attendees can meet Northwest Public Radio (NWPR) staff members at a listener reception starting at 4:30pm. Both the reception and the presentation will take place at the Numerica Performing Arts Center.

Montagne will be joined on stage by NWPR hosts Thom Kokenge (All Things Considered) and Gillian Coldsnow (Morning Edition). Tickets will be available for $15 (general seating) starting October 2 at 509-663-ARTS,, or the Numerica PAC Box Office at the Stanley Civic Center, 123 N Wenatchee Avenue.

Having reported and hosted since the mid-1980s, Montagne is a familiar voice on NPR. Montagne co-hosted NPR’s Morning Edition—the most widely heard radio news program in the United States—from 2004–2016, broadcasting from NPR West in Culver City, California, with co-hosts Steve Inskeep and David Greene at NPR’s Washington, D.C. headquarters.

Montagne and a team of NPR reporters won a prestigious Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award in 1994 for their coverage of South Africa’s historic presidential and parliamentary elections. Montagne has also been honored by the Overseas Press Club for her coverage of Afghanistan and by the National Association of Black Journalists for a series on Black musicians going to war in the 20th century.

For information about this event and Renee Montagne, call (800) 842-8991. NWPR, which operates out of the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at WSU’s Pullman campus, offers news and classical music programs to listeners across Washington state, north-central Idaho and northeastern Oregon.

Numerica PAC Hires New Director of Development

Matt Cadman, Executive Director of the Numerica Performing Arts Center, has announced the hiring of Sherry Dawley as the Numerica PAC’s new Director of Development. Dawley began her new role on September 11, 2017.

Dawley comes to the Numerica PAC with 30 years of experience in the nonprofit sector in Seattle, Washington with experience in marketing, communications, event planning, volunteer management, and fundraising. She has worked for companies like PacMed, Premera, Group Health, YWCA, and 501 Commons. Her experience boasts many accomplishments including working with her team to double the YWCA’s annual fund from $1.2 million to $2.5 million.

As the new Director of Development, Dawley will be responsible for all fundraising and development activities. Working closely with the Executive Director, Matt Cadman, Dawley will plan, design, market, and implement the fund-raising infrastructure for the Numerica PAC.

“Our ‘precious little theatre is very fortunate to have Sherry join our team,” Cadman said. “With Sherry’s deep and vast resume, we will be able to build the Numerica PAC’s visibility, impact, and financial resources.”

Dawley is excited to extend her skill set into the world of performing arts in the Wenatchee Valley. “I am just delighted to join the fabric of Wenatchee which is rich in artistic appreciation and strong in its commitment to building community and philanthropy,” Dawley said.

The Director of Development position was created after an extensive feasibility study conducted last fall recommended the importance of establishing a role which focuses on donor relations and fundraising.

October Events at the Numerica PAC

The Numerica Performing Arts Center presents bloody musical comedy, ballet in the jungle, and live dinosaurs throughout the month of October with EVIL DEAD: THE MUSICAL on October 4, MOWGLI: THE JUNGLE BOOK BALLET on October 11, and ERTH’S DINOSAUR ZOO LIVE on October 27. Tickets are on sale now.

Evil Dead The Musical

On October 4 at 7:30pm, experience one of the craziest theatrical experiences of all time at Evil Dead: The Musical, sponsored by Colleen Frei & Arius Elvikis, Wild Birds Unlimited of Wenatchee, and Julie & Vern Smith. The musical comedy sensation takes all the elements of the cult classic horror films, “Evil Dead,” “Evil Dead 2” and “Army of Darkness,” then combines them for a show that The New York Times calls “the next Rocky Horror Picture Show”.

Five college students go to an abandoned cabin in the woods, and accidentally unleash an evil force that turns them all into demons. It’s all up to Ash (a housewares employee, turned demon-killing hero), and his trusty chainsaw to save the day. Blood flies. Limbs are dismembered. Demons tell bad jokes… and all set to a galvanic score of rock ‘n’ roll, pastiche tunes, and get down in the aisles and boogey music. Rated PG-13 for strong language, a hilarious amount of fake blood, and over-the-top guts and gore.

Audiences don’t need to be a fan of the “Evil Dead” franchise to love this show; They don’t need to be a fan of horror to love this show; They don’t even need to be a fan of musicals to love this show. As long as the audience is seeking a fun night out…. this is the show for them. This performance is supported by Zach Missal and Numerica Credit Union. Splatter Zone seating is sold out.

Mowgli: The Jungle Book Ballet

The Eugene Ballet Company, under the artistic direction of Toni Pimble, returns to the Numerica PAC on October 11 at 7:30pm with Mowgli: The Jungle Book Ballet, sponsored by Van Doren Sales. Experience the spirited adventures of Mowgli as he befriends and grows up with Baloo the Bear, and battles the larger-than-life Shere Khan the Tiger and Kaa the Snake.

Audiences of all ages will be impressed with this exotic retelling of Rudyard Kipling’s stories with fanciful costumes, masks, sets, and world music that create the magic of young Mowgli’s life in the jungle. Plus, this performance features local dancers from Fabulous Feet Dance Studio. Eugene Ballet Company last performed on the Numerica PAC stage in 2014 to present Cinderella. Youth tickets for this event start at $9.

Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo Live

Erth Visual & Physical, Inc. and Red Tail Entertainment are pleased to confirm the arrival of Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo Live™. Created in Australia, this entertaining and educational theatre

attraction will play October 27 at 7:30pm, sponsored by Jeffers, Danielson, Sonn & Aylward, P.S. Don’t miss this chance to experience what life was like amongst these giant creatures 65 million years ago. Youth tickets for this event start at $9; Recommended for ages 3 and up.

Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo Live™ is an experiential theatre production which takes audiences on a prehistoric journey into a new dimension where they get to meet a menagerie of insects, mammals and dinosaurs that once roamed the planet millions of years ago. Featuring a large-scale cast of life-sized dinosaur puppets brought to life by sophisticated design and theatrical presentation and puppet mastery, these amazingly life-like dinosaur recreations connect children to paleontology in a fun and informative setting. This new production will feature nineteen dinosaurs on stage. Children can watch and learn, but can also interact with the creatures in this fun, educational and unique presentation. For more information visit This performance is supported by Davis Furniture and Peoples Bank. Additional support provided by media sponsors 103.9 KW3 and 995 The Bridge.

Wilfred R. Woods Stage

On September 15 the Numerica Performing Arts Center will be unveiling the Wilfred R. Woods Stage to commemorate the legacy of Wilfred Woods. The dedication will include a ribbon cutting on the Wilfred R. Woods Stage at 7:30pm, just before the 2017-2018 Numerica PAC season kick-off show, M-PACT.

The stage dedication was announced following Wilfred Woods’ passing at his Celebration of Life on March 12, by Numerica PAC Board President, Colleen Frei. “Wilf and his family are committed to the arts and they bring the community together. By honoring Wilf and his legacy, honoring the family and everything they have given to our community, we hope his legacy will continue as more and more performances occur right here on our stage – bringing the community and our region together just as Wilf has.”

In the early 1990s, Wilf served on a task force formed by Allied Arts to establish a need and means to creating a local performing arts center which would later become the Supporters of the Center (dba Numerica Performing Arts Center). “As a lifetime instigator for the arts, Wilf was a perfect poster boy for this project,” said community member Jane Hensel. “Without Wilf’s determination, experience, and wisdom I do question if [the theatre] could have been built.”

Wilfred and Kathy Woods also established an endowment for the Numerica Performing Arts Center in 2013, which has since raised $188,000 towards a sustainable future for the Supporters of the Center.

September Events at the Numerica PAC

Numerica Performing Arts Center kicks off the 2017-2018 Season with two world-renowned musical acts starting in September: a capella group M-PACT on September 15 and the classic 60s group, THE ASSOCIATION, on September 29.


On September 15 at 7:30pm, the Numerica PAC welcomes “one of the best pop-jazz vocal groups in the world” to the stage, sponsored by Cashmere Valley Bank. m-pact is known for bringing a unique mixture of smooth soul, percussive power, sophisticated harmonies, and funk and groove worldwide. The Los Angeles-based award-winning a capella group was founded over 20 years ago, cultivating a new generation of ears hungry for the fresh, raw power of nature’s “first instrument” – the human voice.

M-pact mesmerizes the audience by the thrill of their vocal acrobatics, innovative orchestrations, and commanding yet authentic stage presence. Their sophisticated sound and accessible appeal have garnered vast accolades, including LA Music Awards’ Vocal Group of the Year and Seattle Music Awards’ Artist of the Year. NBC’s The Today Show called them “Polished performers – among THE BEST in the country”. This performance is supported by Mona & Jeff Guentzel – Blue Sky Growers, Vita Green LLC, and Warm Springs Inn & Winery, with media support by 99.5 The Bridge.

The Association

One of the most successful bands to come out of the 60’s is coming to the Numerica PAC stage on September 29 at 7:30pm, sponsored by Roger Cook & Friend and Sunny FM. In 1967, The Association® made history being the first band anywhere to open a rock festival – the now historic, Monterey Pop Festival. Their album, The Association – Greatest Hits (Warner Brothers), is now double platinum and continues to be one of the longest best-selling albums in the history of the company.

With seven Grammy nominations, six gold records, and three platinum records, the band is celebrating their 50th anniversary, performing hits like “Cherish”, “Never My Love”, and “Along Comes Mary” on stages across the country. This performance is supported by Avenue Car Wash – David Noyd & Natalie Hoback-Noyd, Sam & Vickie Mills, and Gil & Kay Sparks, with media support by NCW Media.

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